Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of Privacy by Design seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technology and accountable business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October, 2010, regulators from around the world gathered at the annual assembly of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem, Israel, and unanimously passed a landmark Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of its three recommended practices for protecting online privacy – a major validation of its significance.
An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in the protection of privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in numerous international committees focused on privacy, security, technology and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening consumer confidence and trust in emerging technology applications.
Dr. Cavoukian serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a member of several Boards including, the European Biometrics Forum, Future of Privacy Forum, RIM Council, and has been conferred as a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute. Dr. Cavoukian was honoured with the prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in 2011 for her pioneering work on Privacy by Design and privacy protection in modern international environments. In the same year, Dr. Cavoukian was also named by Intelligent Utility Magazine as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers for the Global Smart Grid industry, received the SC Canada Privacy Professional of the Year Award and was honoured by the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program for her positive contribution to the field of privacy.
David C. Vladeck directs the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The Bureau conducts investigations, sues companies and individuals who violate the law, develops rules to protect consumers, and educates consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. The Bureau also collects complaints about consumer fraud and identity theft and makes them available to law enforcement agencies across the country. Vladeck is on leave from Georgetown University Law Center, where he is a Professor of Law. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 2002, Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, handling and supervising complex litigation. Vladeck received a B.A. from New York University, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law.
Alexander Macgillivray is Twitter’s General Counsel and also
responsible for Public Policy and the Trust & Safety team. Prior to
Twitter, he worked for Google for six years and was its Deputy General
Counsel for Products when he left. As such, he was the primary
attorney for a wide variety of Google products, including Web Search,
Gmail, Book Search and Blogger while supervising the team that made
strategic legal decisions for its products worldwide. Before joining
Google, Mr. Macgillivray was a litigator with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich
& Rosati. There, he also concentrated on Internet law issues while
representing clients such as Canal+ Technologies, DirecTV, Streamcast
Networks, Borland, the Internet Archive and Creative Commons. He
received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and is an
affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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